Target: Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos
Goal: Stop selling books advocating child abuse on Amazon
On both the United States and United Kingdom versions of Amazon.com, several books are available that blatantly encourage abuse towards children. These titles are not just morally reprehensible, but may also be breaking many laws across both countries. Demand Amazon stop selling these books at once and help protect children.
Amazon is a website that offers a wide variety of items for purchase online. The books in question concentrate on parenting methods that use physical abuse, involving rods or other objects, as tools to beat children. If that weren’t bad enough, they advocate these methods on children who are under the age of one. Such practices are highly damaging to children.
Amazon’s Content Guidelines specifically say that items which are “offensive” are not allowed on the site. Yet they allow several of these books to continue being available, despite the obvious offensiveness. These books must be removed if Amazon wishes to enforce its own guidelines.
In addition to the violation of Amazon’s own standards, such books may advocate illegal activity. In the UK as well as many US states, laws prohibit punishment that is unreasonable. In addition, using punishment that leaves a visible mark is also illegal in the UK, something that is highly likely to result from hitting one’s children with a rod. Such harsh and degrading treatment is dehumanizing enough to possibly even be considered a human rights violation.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Amazon to ban these books from its website. Not doing so would be a violation of not only Amazon’s standards but the legal standards of the countries they are available in.
Dear Mr. Bezos,
Several books are available on both the United States’ and United Kingdom’s versions of Amazon that encourage abuse towards children. Such books are not only morally reprehensible, but violate Amazon’s standards as well as some laws across both countries. Such books must no longer be available for purchase through your website.
These books advocate parenting methods that use physical abuse, involving rods or other objects to beat children. Amazon’s Content Guidelines specifically state “offensive” items are not allowed on the site, yet these books remain available. Additionally, in the UK and many US states, laws prohibit unreasonable punishment; in the UK specifically, punishments that leave a visible mark are illegal, a result highly likely to occur from hitting one’s children with a rod.
Please take action to ban these books from your website. To not would be a violation of your own standards as well as the legal standards of the countries where they are available.
[Your Name Here]
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